My name is Paula Courage. I am a certified Life Coach and a graduate of Rhodes Wellness College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I live in St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. I am also a primary/elementary French Immersion teacher with a Master of Education degree and have been teaching for 21 years.
I love hiking, geocaching, mountain biking, traveling and just about anything that gets me outside. That is where I feel most alive. In fact, the Japanese practice of forest bathing (shinrin-yoku) is a part of nature therapy I use in my practice. I became a certified Forest Therapy Guide in December 2020.
Overcoming fear is something I have learned firsthand. Fear used to guide the majority of my choices. For many years, I have been conquering them, one at a time. Eventually, facing some of my fears is what brought me to life coaching.
I had been interested in training to be a life coach for five years. My inner critic would always talk me out of it. “It costs too much money. Where will you find the time? How can you be both a coach and a teacher? You don’t know how to run a business.” So I continued to think about it without action.
Then I found myself off work for six months for medical reasons. This time offered me space and time to reflect on my life, something I embraced as a gift. Having an undiagnosed illness and not knowing what was coming was effective motivation to step out of my comfort zone and go for it. So, I signed up for life coaching training. Without the answer to the all the questions in my head, without a clear vision of where I was headed, without needing to know every possible outcome, I went for it!
I was eventually diagnosed with Addison’s Disease, an auto-immune disease caused by adrenal deficiency. It was a steep learning/living curve to adjust to life dependent on steroids, all the while easing back to work while studying to be a life coach. I also sought other life goals during this period of time. I performed in the Vagina Monologues - something I had wanted to do for 15 years. I started a blog, something else I had wanted to do for a long time, but always talked myself out of it. A lot was happening in my life, but I was alive. I was living. I felt the palpable thrill of aliveness.
From that, Find Your Alive was born.
The motivation of an undiagnosed illness and my life coach training helped me to discover how to find my alive, harness it, and bring it into my daily awareness. It has helped me to appreciate how delicate and exciting life can be every single day when we act on our truth.
My desire is to help you experience your fullest sense of aliveness - whatever that means to you. I believe in the process of coaching. I believe I can help you.
When I met my husband and his last name was Courage, I eagerly took the name when we married. I had been looking for courage my whole life and graciously accepted it when it came to me in a name. Launching this practice was a courageous step for me. I am excited to be here and am ready to work with you.
Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
From the start I knew the name of my company would be Find Your Alive and my logo had to have a hummingbird.
I have always been enthralled by and attracted to hummingbirds. We don't have them where I live which is why I seek them out when I travel. There has always been an unexplained joy and fascination for me around hummingbirds. They represent aliveness to me. They are the perfect icon to represent the process of life coaching.
"According to Shamanic beliefs, a hummingbird teaches you to discover your own joy and then spread it all around so that everyone may revel in it.
Hummingbird, the smallest among all birds, symbolizes lightness of being, swiftness, independence, courage, sensitivity, determination, love, beauty, endurance, wisdom, vitality, hope, and enjoyment of life."
Questions the Hummingbird Asks Us
The hummingbird as an animal totem asks us profound questions. Take the time to listen, then contemplate what kind of response you would have for the hummingbird (and your inner self)…
“Where is your joy?”
“Is your happiness found within, or do you seek it externally?”
“What is the source of your joy?”
“What must you do to increase your joy?”
The Meaning of a Hummingbird Tattoo
"Yes, it does represent going through hard times, but it stands for surpassing them. It can represent someone that lives life to the fullest and loves life and every breath. We are often told to enjoy every moment, but do we live that way?
Although the hummingbird tattoo often represents overcoming difficult times, it also has many other meanings, including love, joy, hope, life, and charm, and to many different cultures and people, the hummingbird is a symbol of peace."
Of Life and Death is an outlet to discuss all that makes me feel alive with death along for the ride. If that freaks you out or confuses you a bit, I totally understand. I would have felt the same way not too long ago. I will discuss in my blogs how I have learned to accept that talking about the often taboo fact that I am a living being who will one day die actually enhances my experience of living.
Every photo or personal video I post will share a moment when I felt that excitement of the pure joy of life.
All views and opinions are my own, hence, subject to change at any moment, of course:) This a fluid blog with no set agenda or schedule. Just me and my stories, questions, comments, opinions, open mind, and wild heart. I am glad you’re here.